Hundreds of Oklahoma women are suing the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products, which they allege cause severe complications. Manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems all created mesh products that have some women requiring additional surgery.
The transvaginal mesh device was originally designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, but may have been approved without significant testing. Thousands of women issued complaints to the Food and Drug Administration, which has since asked companies to conduct more safety studies concerning the mesh.
Women implanted with a transvaginal mesh patch have complained of limited mobility, debilitating pain and a need for revision surgery. Companies could face thousands of surgical mesh lawsuits after the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial resulted in the patient receiving $11 million from a jury.